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Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 2: Seven Tips to Teaching to a Mixed Class

In Part 1 of Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities, we discussed the four different categories that differentiate your riders. Here are seven tips to get you thinking about teaching more effectively to a mixed class.

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Teaching to a Variety of Different Abilities in One Class, Part 1: Five Categories of Riders

The very simplicity of indoor cycling means that classes are often filled with participants who have a wide variety of fitness levels, skill levels, experience, and goals. This presents challenges for instructors who strive to be both attentive to each, yet mindful of all. Instructors may wonder if they’re able to give equal attention to all of the riders, or if that is even necessary. Subbing a class or teaching a regular class with an influx of new riders (typical in the new year) is a balancing act. Fortunately, these challenges come with opportunities for all instructors to up their game in coaching to varied abilities.

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If They’re Bored, You’re Boring

For so many years I’ve heard cycling instructors lament that “Students get bored if the class is cycling specific, so I need to [add silly move here] or they won’t come to class!” Well, I have news for you…maybe it’s not the moves or technique that are boring; maybe it’s you! Here are 13 ways you can be sure to keep students engaged while riding and committed to your classes without resorting to silly gimmicks on the bike.

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Training Versus Exercise…Your Thoughts?

We all know a structured training program is far more successful at meeting goals (any goal) than haphazard exercise. What can we do to convince our customers? How can we package it to reach more people? Will you help us brainstorm and come up with ideas? I’ve got a few, but I’m seeking your help!

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The New—and Not So New—New Year’s Resolutioners

There is something very powerful about a new year, a new month, even a new week, which marks a point in time for people to “change” something in their lives. The diet and fitness industry is replete with a sense of revision and metamorphosis, especially around the new year. What values will you communicate to your participants this year to assist them in creating a physically fit foundation in their life?

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Cycling Class Communication: It’s a Four-Lane Highway, Not a One-Way Street!

Our goal as instructors is to foster an environment of connection, motivation, and success. But it isn’t just a one-way street; there is actually much more going on. Let’s take a look at four pathways of communication and discuss some tools and strategies to foster clear and effective communication that keeps participants engaged and coming back for more.

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Facebook Live Video: The Importance of Recovery Within a Training Session

How do you counter the mindset of riders who reject recoveries? How do you educate them so that they not only understand the importance of recovery, but they relish it? What intensity should your recovery be at? Is it always that way, or are there exceptions? How do you keep riders engaged during recoveries so they don’t get distracted or bored? I answer all that and more in this informative Facebook Live training session.

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Don’t Judge a Book

Let’s not kid ourselves—we all tend to form judgments about some of the riders in front of us despite our best efforts not to. But, when you take the time to find out the real reasons why someone is in your class and why they do what they do (such as NOT go as hard as you are asking), it can pay off in huge dividends and introduce you to some amazing and inspirational people. Don’t miss this story by Izabela about one of her riders!

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Mentoring in Indoor Cycling, and in Life

Many of us are indoor cycling instructors because of the opportunity it provides us to make a difference in people’s lives. Being a mentor is a way to multiply that impact, not just more broadly among students but also across time to future generations. Finding a mentor is a way to become a better instructor and perhaps even form a lifelong relationship.

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My Cycling Class Today: Why Didn’t They Understand My Direction?

In my class this morning I had a moment that gave me pause that I want to share with you. This is a coaching reminder to help you recognize that not everyone hears or understands what you tell them—even if you say it a LOT—and my suggestions for resolutions.

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